What is the opposite of detriment?

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mm:
What is the opposite of detriment?
Attriment? Protriment? Intriment?
And what is contrement, bitrement, polytrement,and antidistrement?

Why are there so many words without meanings? Shouldn't someone do something about that?
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Tim B:
[nq:1]What is the opposite of detriment?[/nq]
benefit
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Barbara Bailey:
[nq:1]What is the opposite of detriment?[/nq]
If you're serious, about this question, it's "benefit".
[nq:1]Attriment? Protriment? Intriment? And what is contrement, bitrement, polytrement,and antidistrement? Why are there so many words without meanings? Shouldn't someone do something about that?[/nq]
But this makes me suspect that you aren't serious.
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Barbara Bailey:
To expand on why I think that you aren't serious, you appear to be starting from the assumption that 'detriment' is a combination of the prefix 'de': to undo, and 'trement' (whatever you presume 'trement' to be or mean.). It's not.
It's from the Latin 'detrimentum' (a loss, injury or damage) and 'detrimentosus' (injurious, hurtful). Both of these appear to be from the stem word 'detero', to rub away, wear out, weaken, detract from.

Your other "words without meanings" aren't even English words at all. 'Contrement" is almost French, but it isn't in any French-English dictionary I could find. As for the rest, they're gibberish.
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mm:
[nq:2]What is the opposite of detriment?[/nq]
[nq:1]If you're serious, about this question, it's "benefit".[/nq]
[nq:2]Attriment? Protriment? Intriment?[/nq]
I'm sort of serious. Why aren't there other words from the same root as detriment with different prefixes? Why isn't there a direct opposite of detriment made from the same root?
OK, you're right, triment is not a root. But de is a prefix, can't we still change the prefix?
[nq:2]And what is contrement, bitrement, polytrement,and antidistrement? Why are there so many words without meanings? Shouldn't someone do something about that?[/nq]
[nq:1]But this makes me suspect that you aren't serious.[/nq]
Less serious here, yes. Why is detriment the only word I can think of that is made from triment? Did triment cross somone a long time ago and get short shrift ever since? OK, L: détri , var. s. of déterere to wear down, rub off (de- de- + terere to rub))

I still feel short-changed.
OK, I was even less serious here.
I saw your post that followed the one I'm answering. Thanks.

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Colin Sharpe:
[nq:1]What is the opposite of detriment? Attriment? Protriment? Intriment? And what is contrement, bitrement, polytrement,and antidistrement? Why are there so many words without meanings? Shouldn't someone do something about that?[/nq]
I think it would be improvement.
Detriment is one of those words which looks like an antonym but is not.

Someone on the web, I think her name was Gaby Darbyshire, came up with a list of "Nantonyms", and this included words such as "Crepit", "Turbed", and "Ert", being the nantonyms of "Decrepit", Disturbed", and "Inert".

Using Gaby's logic, the nantonym of "Detriment" would be "Trement".

Colin.
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HVS:
[nq:1]Detriment is one of those words which looks like an antonym but is not. Someone on the web, I think ... and "Ert", being the nantonyms of "Decrepit", Disturbed", and "Inert". Using Gaby's logic, the nantonym of "Detriment" would be "Trement".[/nq]
"Triment", surely?

Cheers, Harvey
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Don Salad:
[nq:1]What is the opposite of detriment? Attriment? Protriment? Intriment?[/nq]
Nutriment.
[nq:1]And what is contrement, bitrement, polytrement,and antidistrement? Why are there so many words without meanings? Shouldn't someone do something about that?[/nq]
Yes.
Thanks,
Don
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Rachel:
What's the opposite of congress?
Thanks for the opportunity to post,
Rachel
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